Asia scoops top honors at San Sebastian film festival

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SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain: Asian cinema dominated awards at the San Sebastian film festival, with veteran Chinese director Feng Xiaogang’s I am not Madame Bovary taking the top Golden Shell prize while Fan Bingbing won the best actress gong for her role in the same film.

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In the satirical comedy, Chinese star Fan plays a cafe owner caught in the bureaucratic maze of the Chinese legal system after she is swindled by her ex-husband.

It had attracted attention earlier this month at the Toronto film festival where it won the International Federation of Film Critics’ prize, with the jury hailing “its ambitious rendering of a woman’s Kafkaesque struggle as she takes on the Chinese legal system”.

Among the other awards Saturday, prolific South Korean filmmaker Hong Sang-Soo won ‘best director’ for his comedy Yourself and Yours about the adventures of a painter seeking to win back his girlfriend, a woman who while drinking tends to forget her flirtations.

Spanish actor Eduard Fernandez took home the best actor Silver Shell for his role in “Smoke and Mirrors”, about a real-life a Spanish spy, Francisco Paesa.

The festival’s “Latin Horizons” section on Latin American film honored Chilean director Pepa San Martin’s first feature “Rara” about the struggle of a lesbian judge who loses custody of her daughters because of her sexual orientation.

The 64th edition of the festival held in the northern Spanish seaside resort saw 17 films in competition from China, Spain, Argentina, Chile, France, Britain, the US, Sweden, Iceland, Poland, South Korea and Japan.

AFP

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